The Rise of Vladimir Putin: From KGB to President | Putin and the Oligarchs

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This video explores the intricate relationship between Russia's super-rich, known as oligarchs, and President Vladimir Putin. It delves into their rise to power, the power struggles between them, and the impact of the war in Ukraine on their wealth and influence.

Key Points
  • Oligarchs' Origins: The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 created a chaotic privatization process, allowing a few savvy individuals to amass vast fortunes. This included figures like Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who built the Yukos Oil Company.

  • Putin's Rise: Putin, a former KGB agent, became president in 2000. He asserted dominance over the oligarchs, making an example of Khodorkovsky who challenged his authority. Putin allegedly amassed his own massive wealth, becoming "the oligarch of oligarchs."

  • Alleged Corruption: Critics like Bill Browder and Alexei Navalny accused Putin of deep corruption and using oligarchs like Oleg Deripaska as proxies to advance his interests globally.

  • Unexplained Deaths: Some Russians critical of Putin, such as Alexander Litvinenko, died under suspicious circumstances, fueling accusations of state-sponsored assassinations.

  • Ukraine's Impact: Putin's invasion of Ukraine has led to Western sanctions targeting oligarchs like Roman Abramovich and Deripaska. Loyal figures like Yevgeny Prigozin, allegedly behind the mercenary Wagner Group, continue to thrive.

  • Speculation on Putin's Wealth: The Panama Papers suggested links between Putin and cellist Sergei Roldugin, raising questions about hidden billions. Putin maintains his income is modest.
Conclusion
The video offers a glimpse into the secretive world of Russia's super-rich and their connection to Putin. The war in Ukraine has dramatically altered the landscape, leaving the future of the oligarchs uncertain.

 
...Huyo mikhail alikuwa mjinga. Putin alipochukua madaraka aliitisha mkutano na maoligach akiwa na dirty files zao wote, akawaambia wao wafanyebiashara wamuachie siasa, wasimuingilie kwenye utawala, wengi walitii, Huyo mikhail akamjaribu, hadi leo yuko US.

...hadi leo hakuna ushahidi wa huo 'utajiri wa kutisha' wa putin zaidi ya propaganda tu. Na kwa mtu aliyekaa madarakani for 20+ years as President si ajabu kua raisi.

Swali fikirishi, US, UK, EU haziongozwi na ma oligarch?
 
Navalny was a US Puppet. Hata huko US huwezi tumika na adui ukabaki salama.

Prigohzin reaped what he sow. Huwezi anzisha mchezo wa risasi utegeme response ya maua rose.
 
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